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The Kid from Cleveland (1949)

Passed  -  Action | Drama | Sport  -  5 September 1949 (USA)
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Baseball team (the Cleveland Indians) helps a troubled teenaged fan.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ...
Mike Jackson
Lynn Bari ...
Katherine Jackson
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Johnny Barrows (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Tommy Cook ...
Dan Hudson
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Emily Novak
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Carl Novak
K. Elmo Lowe ...
Dave Joyce
John Beradino ...
Mac
Bill Veeck ...
Bill Veeck - Cleveland Indians Owner and President
Lou Boudreau ...
Lou Boudreau - Cleveland Indians Infielder and Manager
Tris Speaker ...
Tris Speaker - Cleveland Indians Coach
Hank Greenberg ...
Hank Greenberg - Cleveland Indians Outfilder
Bob Feller ...
Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher
Gene Bearden ...
Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher
Leroy 'Satchel' Paige ...
Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher (as Satchell Paige)
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Teen baseball fan Johnny Barrows sneaks into the baseball stadium of the Cleveland Indians, then playing in the 1948 World Series; claiming to be an orphan, he befriends team members & broadcaster Mike Jackson. But it develops that Johnny has a troubled home life with his mother and stepfather, and is involved in juvenile crime. His 'better side' shows only when he runs away to visit the team again. Can Mike and the Indians (playing themselves) wrest Johnny away from bad influences? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Action | Drama | Sport

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5 September 1949 (USA)  »

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Revolta de um Coração  »

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The ballpark shown on the "spring training" section of the movie is actually League Park in Cleveland (on the corner of E.66th and Lexington), which was the home of the Cleveland Indians from 1891 until 1946. When the movie was shot in the spring of 1949, the park was being used by high schools and amateur baseball teams in the spring and summer and high school and semi-pro football teams in the fall. Most of it was torn down in 1951, but small part still remains today as does the field itself, where little leaguer's now play where the greats of the game made their names. See more »

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Al Rosen (II) and members of the Boston Braves team in the archive footage are credited orally by the announcer. See more »

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Not a terrible movie, but not really a baseball movie either
15 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is not as terrible a movie as I had read. It's a typical "social problems" movie from the post-World War II era, of which more famous examples would be "The Asphalt Jungle," "The Snake Pit," etc. As such, it's about delinquent children, why they become delinquent, and what might be done to solve that issue. It's not very convincing, frankly, but it's not terrible, either. It's just that the script is bad, the acting second-rate, and the direction no better. Not terrible, but not in any way impressive.

And then there are the baseball players whom the one child delinquent admires, all real members of the 1949 Cleveland Indians. They don't talk much about baseball, we don't really see what their lives are like (with the exception of Larry Doby's at the end), etc. As such, the movie really isn't about baseball.

Early in the movie, the players muff some of their lines, though they do better later. They aren't movie stars, and they don't pretend to be.

I doubt anyone is going to want to watch this movie to see how to deal with child delinquency. Those interested in the history of baseball may well want to see some of these legendary Indians just stand around and talk. (They don't really try to do any acting, nor are they called on to do so.) There is some newsreel footage from the Indians' World Series 1948 season, though not a lot of it.

In short, this movie is a mixed bag. The social problems segments are like a run of the mill 1950s TV drama. The scenes with the legendary Indians are not great movie-making, but it's fun to see those guys when they were active players.


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